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Roundtable on Apprenticeships
July 20 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
As companies struggle to find talent and youth unemployment continues to grow, the valuable role that apprenticeships can play in supporting the development of business-ready skills for youth makes sense and is critically important to the goals of inclusive economic growth and an equitable transition to a more sustainable world.
The roundtable will include representatives of approximately 25 companies who are either actively implementing apprenticeship programs or are interested in getting started. Importantly, we will be joined by John Ladd, the Administrator for the Office of Apprenticeship of the US Department of Labor. Apprenticeships were a priority with the previous U.S. Administration, and continue to be so with the new Administration. Underscoring that commitment, President Trump and Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta have launched a series of initiatives that call on Congress to pass reforms expanding apprenticeships and raise awareness about the fact that there are important, very viable career paths outside of the traditional four-year college experience. Apprenticeships are also a priority for the B20 and G20 leaders.
Our partners in this event include:
- The Global Apprentice Network (GAN), a business-driven alliance with the overarching goal of encouraging and linking business initiatives on skills and employment opportunities for youth – notably through apprenticeships.
- Citigroup, committed to making a difference in youth unemployment, recently announced a global expansion of the Pathways to Progress initiative led by a Citi Foundation investment of $100 million to connect 500,000 young people, ages 16-24, to training and jobs over the next three years.